Wood - East face - warming snow

East face Mt Wood
Submission Info
Sunday, April 4, 2021 - 11:30am
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
37° 48' 31.7844" N, 119° 9' 43.7796" W
Snowpit Observations
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Woke up early this morning at 4:30 and saw clear starry skies instead of the forecasted overnight cloudy skies and decided to head to the east face of Mt. Wood.  Cloudy skies all night would have likely resulted in a poor superficial refreeze of the snow surface making for a quick early transition to manky snow and much greater loose wet concerns ... not conditions I would want to go ski Mt Wood in.  Skiing down at 11:30 today was good, but not without some loose wet sloughing between 10,000' - 12,000' which was actually more concerning in sections that had more early morning shading and were less advanced in the multi-day transition process to spring-time snow. One skier got a slough started in such an area that almost swept him off his feet.  SE aspect as ~8800' at ~11:45 was becoming quite rotten with knee deep boot penetration.  

Snow was extremely firm at 8:30am from 7400' - 8800' on a NE aspect ... barely 1cm of plastic boot tip penetration kicking steps ... would have been impossible for soft boots to ascend this lower slope without crampons.    

Snowpack photos: 
Increasing high clouds (11:30am)
Increasing high clouds
Weather Observations
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Temperatures warmed up quickly today, and winds were essentially calm all the way up the ridgeline where light SW winds were blowing.  High thin cloud cover began developing mid-morning, but didn't seem to slow the snow warm-up noticeably. 

Ridgetop at ~12,500' at 11:15am: Air temp = -3°C.

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